West Winery is a small North Central Missouri Winery located in downtown Macon, Missouri. The winery was started August 2007 with the hopes that Macon County would enjoy a local winery.
Jen & I started making small batches about 11 years ago in the kitchen from books that I had purchased from the Internet. Some were decent, some were bad. Then it became a full fledged hobby, then obsession; we found that it could be a challenge almost daily with wine making. It also provided some enjoyment for our friends as they would get several bottles of free wine every time they came over.
Then one day in 2004, Jen & I thought “why not try to do this for real?” It also happened to be a bumper crop for fruit that year, so we started practicing with the extra fruit. Thus began our long journey towards a licensed winery. Jen started studying the regulations and forms that would be needed, while I started investigating what equipment, processes & recipes would be needed to make larger commercial amounts of wine.
In 2009 Jen and I moved the winery to downtown Macon to an 1880’s building making us the first urban winery that makes their own wine in the state. The new place is a show winery where everyone can be part of the wine making process. You can watch as we make wine from our tasting room or even help with the wine making process.
Jen & I have always believed that we would one day have a winery to share our wines with a wider audience than with just family & friends – but with everyone treated as family & friend when you walk through our winery door. We also believe anyone can learn about wine and wine making, and not have to feel like it is something that is mysterious or sophisticated. So come on downtown to the winery and we would love to share our experiences and our wines with you anytime.